Gary Shapiro, poobah of the Consumer Electronics Association, likes to call the International CES, held last week in Las Vegas, "the greatest show on earth." With more than 150,000 people in attendance, he's certainly entitled to a measure of grandiosity. It's the only show on the planet that brings together a decidely eclectic audience drawn from the consumer electronics, mobile, PC, healthcare, semiconductor, and software industries.
And a lot of bloggers.
What follows is a sample of both the small and big things we found on the CES show floor that might well alter the consumer electronics landscape in 2013.
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HD video cameras have become smaller and wireless. They can be mounted on bike helmets, embedded in goggles, worn on a vest by war correspondents, harnessed on a dog (shown in Sony's booth), or mounted on a wall without drilling holes (like Netgears's VueZone wireless camera). Shown is Ambarella's wearable HD camera reference design that can stream video to smartphones.
Great idea. Why spend 5 cents a foot for wire when you can invest in a complete set of radio transmitters and receivers. You not only succeed in cluttering the ether with more junk, but you have a good chnce of picking up interference from others who have made the same choice.
Junko, I was struck by the first few slides in your presentation that talked about the UI for smart TVs. We got one not long ago, and Miracast is correct. The UI on the TV is somewhat clunky with the standard remote. Being able to use a smart phone, or even a PC with Ethernet or Bluetooth, would be a great improvement. This would especially be an improvement in managing the settings on the TV. There are lots.
This rush to create products to solve minimalist problems seems to be great portal into bankruptsy. Using RF networks to eliminate the need for unsighly wires or for folks who cannot plug the green plug into the green socket, will make life a bit easier for the dumbed down consumer. But those wireless speakers will either plow through a lot of batteries or will still have a power cord running around the room to the nearest outlet which is never where you need it. :-)
I don't get the trend towards the virtual dashboard. In an aircraft the glass cockpit has sufficient redundancy, pilot and co-pilot displays. But putting virtually all of a vehicle's entertainment, climate control, safety alerts into one LCD panel is a waiting single point of failure.
And if that isn't foolish enough, a large touch screen replacement for tactile mechanical controls is the road to automotive accident hell. Drivers spend little enough time engaged with what's out in front on the road without major distractions. The virtual touchscreen dashboard may someday have its place when vehicles can drive themselves autonomously. Till then, please do not make it more difficult to keep eyes on the road.
I agree. I saw a lot of TIDSU (Technology In Desperate Search of a Use) in those slides, like the voice command feature in my Honda Pilot that I've never used. I would like to have that wearable HD camera in slide 1. I can think of many uses, like while I'm flying.
That Samsung monster shown in slide 6 would take the place of the picture window in my living room. I'd grab one of the HD cameras shown in slide one and put it on the outside of the house. When not actively watching a show, the Samsung behemoth would be my picture window.
Tongue in cheek, to be sure, but boy, wouldn't it be nice to have the problem of figuring out where to put that behemoth?
Looks like the trend is all about new was to use and interface with our technology. It is 2013 after all, it should be easier to do work. Look how a different HMI let people that used to be afraid to use a computer, seemingly master the smartphone. Unification of all tech has to be the next big usability trend.
Cabe, I agree. New technologies sometimes warrant standards that drive design unification practices. I'll be watching the developments closely of wearable devices for this year. Also, I'll be getting a hands on view of wearable electronics as I experiment with the Adafruit Flora kit.
Cabe, I believe the FLORA came out four months ago but don't quote me. Thanks for suggesting the feature article. I look forward in doing it. I got a couple of wearable concepts sketched out and will chose one to develop. I'll definitely keep you posted.
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